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Aquarius Backpackers Motel

16 Lawson St, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The dorm rooms at Aquarius are HUGE with high beamed ceilings, a small basin/kettle area in the room, a table and games on the balcony. The beds were comfortable and the en suite was clean and tidy. The bar downstairs offers 'cheap' drinks for residents and food deals on particular nights. We only stayed one night due to time constraints... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are under the age of 24, looking to relive freshman year dorm vibe, and like surfing or sand, this is the place for you. Not what we were searching for, however. It may have been the particular grumpy staff member we encountered at reception on each time we visited, but it didn't feel very welcoming or to care... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in Aquarius for 4 nights which was absolutely plenty. The downstairs areas such as the common room, kitchen and at area are great really clean and inviting. The kitchen is really well equipped except you do have to pay $20 for your cutlery, plate, bowl and mug. I know it's a deposit but it still is overpriced ($40... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Me and my travelbuddy stayed in this hostel for 5 nights and we liked it for every minute of the day! We planned to stay in Byron for two nights but we liked the hostel, Byron and the roomies so much that we skipped surfers paradise to stay a few more nights. We were staying in the 8 bed ensuite... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Good! A bit loud, but a perfectly good stay! We only stayed 1 night but we could easily have stayed a couple of more nights. Clean overall (we were in a 8 dorm bedroom). There are cheap drinks and good food both within the hotel but also good Breaky in the cafe around the corner. Seemed to always have some... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I stayed in a dorm room on a solo holiday. Most of the people that stay here are young & often unable to clean up after themselves. As a result, the rooms & kitchen can get pretty grubby, but the hostel does their best to keep it clean. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis and bedding changed after... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I've been here in Jan/2015 for a vacation trip around Australia west coastal The main points for those who are looking for a place: * Location: Byron Bay is a small city and it's easy to walk around by foot. The hostel's location is very good and easy to find * Price: let's keep in mind we're talking about AUS... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This hostel has everything you could want. The beds are comfy, the rooms are spacious and the staff are knowledgable and informative. They have a really good cafe next door which does brilliant food and offers superb casual dining. I actually stayed in both the private room and also the dorm bed and I would honestly recommend both. The jelly... More 

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The bathroom was very clean and new. The beds were old and not comfortable. I slept here just one night, but the atmosphere in the hostel were awesome! The reception helpes you with everything, they are so kind!

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Chris S, Manager at Aquarius Backpackers Motel, responded to this review

Great to hear you enjoyed our drag queens bingo night, it's a great laugh! Thanks for your nice comments about reception it makes our day! More 

Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

If you're looking for a party hostel, this is the place! The pool and bar are chill and it's close to everything in Byron Bay and located right next to the ocean. Jello wrestling goes down here if you're into that...! I'd recommend it for a good time! The rooms are mediocre and it's quite loud, but I still enjoyed... More 

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Chris S, Manager at Aquarius Backpackers Motel, responded to this review

Great to hear you had a fun time at Aquarius, sorry you didn't love the rooms we do have a security guard on at night to monitor noise levels with a direct phone number to him/her written on the doors of all the dorms. You are able to discreetly text the number if you have noisy room mates and security... More 

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